High-Pressure Experimental Techniques and Applications to the Earth’s Interior
10 - 14 February 2003, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Bayreuth

The 5th short course covered the major experimental (Multi-anvil, Piston cylinder, Diamond anvil cell, deformation experiments) and analytical (SEM, TEM, XRD, Mössbauer, Vibrational spectroscopy), techniques of High-Pressure research. Furthermore, the experimental and analytical lectures and practicals were framed by lectures on the theoretical and thermodynamic background of high-pressure reactions and mineral stability. Lectures on computational methods in mineral sciences, elasticity and equations of state allowed a view beyond the standard field of geosciences research and interpretation. The experiments were well described and presented by the research group of the Bayerisches Geoinstitut Bayreuth. Some of the experiments were performed in such a way that during the course, analytical work on the newly formed mineral grains could be done. The short course was kept at a level of knowledge that diploma and doctoral students could follow. Nevertheless, during further discussions with the lecturers it was possible to reach higher levels of knowledge. The open atmosphere of the research group at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut Bayreuth and the steady possibility to discuss techniques and theory with the lecturers in depth prepared the ground for stimulating discussions on a personal and group level. Furthermore, the short course dinner allowed deepening the contacts between the participants and the lectures. It was a pleasure to work together with the members of the research facility. Twenty participants (young to senior scientist) from five countries (Switzerland 4, Italy 3, Russia 1, Netherlands 1, Germany 11) attended the short course. The wide range of scientific interest amongst the participants enabled discussions and transfer of knowledge regarding their research field and area of work. In addition, the short course was very well organized as well as the logistical support.

Ulrich A. Glasmacher, Heidelberg